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Ryan Dempster’s outing yesterday marked his 17th quality start of the season (at least 6 innings, and three earned runs or fewer), which is a pretty amazing stat for a guy with a 4.75 ERA on the year. It’s a testament to (1) how hard it can be to overcome severe early-season struggles, and (2) how low the “quality star” bar is set.

  • Mike Quade had this to say about Bryan LaHair’s prospects for finally becoming a big league regular: “You never say never. History may work against him, but to hell with history. He wasn’t hanging around Triple-A to hope that would be his lifetime work. There are a handful of guys who got here late. Let’s see how he does.” If this month is LaHair’s last shot to “make it,” and Mike Quade remains in charge, I will comfortably say “never.” The over/under on LaHair starts is 2, and the over/under on LaHair at bats is 10. That’s “how he’ll do.”
  • Speaking of Quade’s disincentive to play games a certain way in the best interests of the organizational future, he made this terrifying statement after saying that he will try to get Andrew Cashner complete innings of work when the young pitching returns: “But you’re trying to win baseball games and the situation may not present itself.” Yikes.
  • The Cubs won’t be making further comment on Carlos Zambrano, but Mike Quade called it a “disappointing situation,” and said, “I don’t know how that [situation] plays out. [Zambrano] still has something to offer and his numbers bear that out.”
  • The Cubs’ High A affiliate, the Daytona Cubs, has changed its logo to the hip bear to the right, commensurate with a change in uniforms. “The new logos also embrace our environment, our community, and Daytona Beach, much more so than the old one did,” Daytona GM Brady Ballard said. “The color scheme, the Florida-based aspects, the palm trees, the surfer – they all add some fun to it.” And no worries: for those of you who tattooed the old logo to your body to gain free admission (this is not a joke), the club will continue to honor the old logo promotion. But don’t go getting the new logo tattooed – the same promotion may not exist for the new logo.
  • Cheryl

    LaHair will ride the bench and Quade will continue to play the vets. It’s maddening, but typical Q.

  • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

    “Terrifying” is indeed the word.
    I have some respect for Ricketts but surely he can see the long term damage Quade is causing. We all want to have hope and some faith in the future of this organization but what does it say that Ricketts is allowing this guy to make decisions that will have lasting impacts on careers of players we are counting on to be building blocks of an eventually successful team?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’m certain that, the moment Quade does anything that risks the future of Cashner, he’ll be instructed never to do it again.

  • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

    Oh and that logo looks like poop. I will not be purchasing any Daytona Cubs merchandise!

  • Serio

    Why does he keep playing Reed?

  • Cheryl

    This would be my lineup. I know it’s a bit unusual with a rookie but it would give LaHair a chance to show what he has.
    Castro, Barney, LaHair (Left Field), Pena, Aram, Colvin (right field), Johnson (center) and Sota, then the pitcher. If Flaherty was up I’d put him in Sota’s place and switch Sota to Aram in the batting order (Flaherty would play third).

    • awesome

      we know what pena can/can’t do, so for the rest of this year and what we have now i’d play Lahair at 1B, Colvin LF, Campana CF, and Reed in RF. sit Quade, make batboy interim manager.

      Quade is fighting to coach for the Giants next year.

  • auggie1955

    I like the new Daytona Cubs logo. It caught my eye right away.

    I’m going to take the over on both of those numbers. The Cubs magic number is down to 2, so even an idiot like Quade would have no excuse for not giving LaHair some starts.

    • Cheryl

      I disagree. Quade will still stick with the vets thinking it will have an impact on their voicing confidence in him and he’ll get to manage one more year. What he’s not taking into account is that several of those vets will be gone – Byrd, Soriano, Aram, maybe Pena and there will be a change in the pitching staff. Zambrano is gone. Dempster may be gone too and he was once a big Q supporter.

      • TWC

        Seriously? You think that Quade’s is so deluded that he thinks there’s a chance that he’ll be managing this team again next year? That’s positively daft.

        • Cheryl

          It is daft. But does anything else explain some of the moves he’s made? He wants to continue and is hoping that if he puts together some wins that he can argue that injuries were the problem and if the club didn’t have the injuries that they had they’d do better.

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          I absolutely believe he is that delusion.  He may not believe he will be the Cubs skipper next year BUT I do believe he thinks we can improve his resume and reputation if he finishes strong this month.  He wants to be known as a player’s coach and by regularly trotting out his “perfect” lineup of veterans he believes he can continue to have a MLB impact next year.  He might also think that the GM vacancy might take too long and force the new GM to keep him for another year because the candidate that the new GM wants is not available by the time he/she is in place.

          So yes, HE IS THAT DELUSIONAL - what I don’t understand is that his best chance would be to get the kids to play and have amazing Septembers so he can show that he can lead and direct both the youth and veterans, but my guess is that the veterans (esp ARam and Pena) are making deals with him, i.e. we will support you if you play us because we need to finish strong to get that next contract.  I would also suspect that he keeps playing Castro because he wants to say he lead a 21 year old to 200 hits.

          Q is all about HIM, the team is in ME, ME, ME mode.  The best think Ricketts could do is let him go and let anybody finish the season with the explict understanding that he will not be considered to be the coach next year… that was the mistake Hendry made last year.

          • TWC

            I’m curious. What ML manager would *not* be doing what Quade is doing? I mean, the tendency to play veterans over prospects, the belief that they hold the best path to win, which ML coach wouldn’t be doing that?

            We saw it with Dusty, we certainly saw it with Pinella. I don’t follow the day-to-day of any other team, but I’d like to know if this pattern is unique to Cubs skippers.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I would be doing what I thought was best for the organization long-term for two reasons: (1) I think that makes me look like a better manager candidate (team player, organization first, etc.), and (2) it gives me a built-in excuse for August/September losses.

              • TWC

                Yeah, but that’s *you*. I’d like to think I would be doing the same thing, too. But if I knew (deep down inside or whatever) that I wouldn’t be coming back, or thought it was extremely unlikely, wouldn’t I be doing what I thought would in the most games? Not sure about that. You can’t be altruistic when you’re gonna be out looking for a job.

                But my question remains: is there a record of any current or former manager benching — not simply trading away — his underperforming veterans in order to play and evaluate rookies/prospects (potentially at that manager’s expense)?

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                  Neither of my reasons are altruistic. Totally self-oriented. What I’m saying is, even if Quade were looking out for himself – if he were smart – he’d be playing the kids.

                  • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

                    altruistic – this blog has the best vocabulary of all sports blogs

                    • TWC

                      Derp.

                  • hardtop

                    Quade, why u no take Marmol out of game.

  • Deez

    I really think we have a chance to be a competitive above .500 team under Quade’s guidance THEN I WOKE UP!

  • JIM

    IS DADDY JO GOING TO HAVE TO TELL TOMMY RICKY TO FIRE MANAGER TOO?
    SELL CUBS, BUY BONDS!!

  • ry

    God I didn’t realize Ross Ohlendorf was so damn good! God our hitters sure do SUCK! Another game where we score one f-ing run against the pirates, major league baseballs worst damn team in August is gonna sweep us!

  • Glenallen Hill’s One Home Run

    That Cub has so much damn attitude and that font looks like it has fur. It’s safe to say that I’ll be moving to Daytona and buying season tickets tonight (especially after going to the Iowa Cubs game last night which they lost 15-5 and are, y’know, in Iowa).

  • Joe Cartwright

    “you never say never” Mike Quade obviously listens to Justin Bieber.

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